Being seen when you’re cycling has always been important, and as we move further and further into winter the importance of a good pair of bike lights cannot be underestimated. With that in mind, we bring you probably the brightest bike light I’ve ever seen – the Knog Blinder.
Considering the number of cyclists that complain about other cyclists blinding them with bike lights, it’s a little bit of a controversial name choice. However, it certainly gets the point across that this is a very bright bike light.
See and be seen
The Knog Blinder contains 300 lumens of light over 2 LEDs, with the ability to switch to ‘full beam’ in the way that a car can, and three levels of brightness. That’s the jargon and the marketing speak – but what does it really mean? Well, it means this is an incredibly powerful light that means you can see clearly where you’re cycling, and can also be clearly seen by others.
With a very straightforward clip on style attachment, the Knog Blinder attaches easily to your handlebars – and detaches easily too, which is handy for recharging (there is a clear symbol on the top of the light to inform the rider of when the charge is low).
That’s the good – what’s the bad?
There were a couple of things that surprised and slightly disappointed me when trying out the Knog Blinder for the first time. The first was the size of the light. In comparison to other lights, it’s very wide. While this may not be a problem for the majority, I ride a cyclocross for my daily commute and as such have an extra pair of side-pull brake levers. Attaching the light rendered one of these unusable. I’ve often said the additional brakes make my handlebars cluttered – and I should probably remove them since I don’t use them and am not a ‘proper’ cyclocross cyclist, but the light is big whichever way you look at it.
Additionally, the Knog Blinder comes with a USB lead for recharging. Nothing wrong with that of course, but other USB rechargeable lights on the market have the USB attachment hidden so there’s no faffing about with leads, which helps keep things tidy.
It could also be said that the brightest light mode is actually too bright – it’s quite painful to look at, and with London mostly well lit it should be used very rarely here. But of course, the light isn’t built purely for London cyclists and if you’re lucky enough to get out of the city and into the country, it’s a useful light mode for being seen.
At £47.89 on Amazon, the Knog Blinder is one of the more expensive USB lights available, but this is arguably with good reason – the brightness is excellent and it’s very quick and easy to install. You cannot underestimate the power of convenience, especially in London when you need to take a bike light on and off all the time, so that it isn’t stolen.
We liked the fact this light is rechargeable, which long term will save you money on replacing batteries and it also keeps the environment rather happy.
The helmet attachment is a very nice plus.
- Easily attached and detached
- Very light, considering the size
- Very powerful, with optional ‘full beam’ mode
- Comes with a very useful helmet mount
The not so good:
- Big: so not a great option for cyclocross bikes
- USB recharging requires a lead – others on the market don’t
- Not bright enough for night time mountain biking
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